U.S. and Taliban negotiators say they have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal aimed at ending 17 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan's conflict. The framework was hammered during six days of talks last week in Qatar. Analysts say there are many obstacles on the road to a sustainable peace deal for Afghanistan. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
While the ruling party dismissed the pledge as an unaffordable gimmick, Congress officials said the proposal could be fulfilled with funds now spent on food subsidies and other programs that often do not reach the poor
India's southern Kochi city in Kerala state is among the world's most innovative airports, completely powered by solar energy. Winner of the United Nations Champions of the Earth Award for Entrepreneurial Vision in 2018, the project is testimony to India's ambitions of rapidly scaling up the use of solar power to reduce its carbon emissions. Anjana Pasricha has this report.